Celine Dion’s ascent to Fashion Icon godhood began a few weeks before she wore an innocuous Vetement’s Titanic hoodie and gold Gucci-heels combo in 2016 that, three years later, would be spoken of in reverence.
She wore the look in the fashion event of the year – Paris Fashion Week. Among fluttering gowns, sleek pantsuits and sparkly dresses, her effortless chic shocked fashion critics and Instagram models alike. Why? Because it was an audacious hat tip to a classic film that kick-started her career almost 20 years ago. Wearing the faces of a youthful Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the iconic ship scene in the movie, the look toed the line between crass and couture, and catapulted her straight up the fashion ladder.
Part of the reason for her popularity is her devil-may-care attitude – something that made her a legendary musician. ‘For me, anything goes,’ . ‘As I’ve said I love fashion, and I love experimenting. I feel great in a pair of faded jeans and T-shirt—I guess that’s my rock ’n’ roll style. But as you’ve probably witnessed, I just love to wear a beautiful couture gown that makes me feel like a princess or a diva.’
The 50-year-old superstar had walked Paris Fashion week partnered with Law Roach. To see how the unlikely pair – she a musical rock star, he a well-respected ‘image architect’ who dressed the likes of Ariana Grande, Jada-Pinkett-Smith and Zendaya, found one another, we must go back a little to the death of her brother and husband.
In January 2016 Celine as both her husband, Rene Angelil, and brother Daniel Dion died within days of one another. Rene, from throat cancer at the age of 73 and her brother Daniel, 59, from brain, throat and tongue cancer.
The loss hit her hard, though Dion revealed that at the time she was comforted by the idea that her husband ‘escorted’ her brother.
A year and a half later, she said it was fashion that helped ease the pain of their death.
She told People: ‘It’s amazing how a little bit of fantasy can alter our moods.’
The Zendaya effect
Dion noticed Disney-star-turned-Hollywood-badass Zendaya at red carpet events, because the young actress was decked out in the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Dsquared2. The Disney star made footprints in the fashion industry with her dramatic looks, and people couldn’t help but be drawn to her at every event, at every show.
Dion wanted to look like that, so she googled the young Zendaya’s stylist.
‘I don’t think I had dreamt that big of a dream,’ . The thought of Dion, a legend in the music industry, coming to him, was unfathomable. ‘This woman who we’ve all grown up to her music, that’s been around for 30 years, was calling me to work with me,’ he said.
Fashion week in 2016 was the beginning of what became Dion’s transformation.
The Drake seal of approval
The year 2017 was for bright, bold and beautiful. She was photographed in a multi-coloured Versace jumpsuit, she wore head-to-toe in yellow and red Gucci, she wore a daring Alexander McQueen dress, a floral pink pussybow Gucci dress in pink shades…the list goes on.
She cemented her iconic image when she took to the stage to perform her hit My Heart Will Go On during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, and people couldn’t stop admiring her dress.
She wore an angel-winged, long sleeve gown by Stephane Rolland Haute Couture, and it did exactly what Loach wanted it to: it captivated everyone.
‘I think when those lights come up, people are really going to have that clutch my pearl, that deep sigh moment. You will remember her performance and her voice, but you will also remember her dress. No doubt about it,’ .
It captivated rapper Drake.
Not only did her performance ‘save the Billboard Music Awards,’ he said , but he later uttered the words that would become a meme: ‘You’re very iconic. We love you. I’m like a year away from a Celine tat.’
Celine: The Icon
And so we come full circle to Paris Fashion Week 2019.
With years to perfect her look, Celine took the streets of Paris in a statement red tulle jacket complete with a giant velvet bow.
As is her modus operandi, she mixed and matched genres with tulle and a black turtleneck. She spent the week in everything from an Alexandre Vauthier jumpsuit to a glowing minidress by Dodo Bar Or.
Her style continues to grow and to change, but of one thing we are sure: whatever she wears, it’s an instant classic.
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